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U.S. Department of Justice: Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program

Deadline: February 16, 2017

The Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program (Culturally Specific Services Program) supports culturally specific community-based organizations in addressing the critical needs of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking victims in a manner that affirms a victim’s culture.

In FY 2017, funds under the Culturally Specific Services Program may be used for the following purposes:

  • Increasing communities’ capacity to provide culturally specific resources and support for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking crimes and their families
  • Enhancing traditional services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking through the leadership of culturally specific programs offering services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking
  • Working in cooperation with the community to develop education and prevention strategies highlighting culturally specific issues and resources regarding victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking
  • Providing culturally specific resources and services that address the safety, economic, housing, and workplace needs of victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, including emergency assistance
  • Providing culturally specific programs for children exposed to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking
  • Working with state and local governments and social service agencies to develop and enhance effective strategies to provide culturally specific services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking
  • Strengthening criminal justice interventions, by providing training for law enforcement, prosecution, courts, probation, and correctional facilities on culturally specific responses to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking
  • Examining the dynamics of culture and its impact on victimization and healing

Examples of allowable activities include, but are not limited to: crisis intervention, advocacy, individual and group counseling (including incorporating culturally specific traditions and ways of healing.) for both victims as well as their children who are exposed to the violence, community education and outreach efforts, training for service providers, law enforcement, etc., emergency assistance for victims (food, clothing, rent, utilities and other approved necessities), job training, financial counseling, paying for interpreters and translators and legal assistance with protection orders and/or immigration remedies related to their victimization (U Visas, VAWA self-petitions, etc.).

Priority areas are:

  • Strengthen and revitalize coordinated community response and multi-disciplinary teams, prioritizing those that meaningfully involve organizations and programs that focus on marginalized communities
  • Increase support for sexual assault, including services, and law enforcement response and prosecution
  • Meaningfully increase access to programming for specific underserved populations (based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, etc.)
  • Increase the use of promising or evidence-building practices, where available (no more than three percent can support assessments)

Amount: A total of $6,000,000 is available to fund up to 20 grants that range from $250,000-$300,000. The project period is for two years.

Eligibility: Private nonprofit organizations for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to provide culturally specific services to American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts), Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, Blacks, or Hispanics.

Link: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=291039

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